Award-winning architecture concept sends prisoners skyward

Award-winning architecture concept sends prisoners skyward

They’re tall, looming and sometimes they're a blight on the landscape. But that’s not the case with the winners of eVolo Magazine’s 2010 Skyscraper Competition.

“The awards aim to discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments,” says the magazine.

This year’s jury comprised of leaders of the architecture and design fields including: Mario Cipresso, Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, Elie Gamburg, Mitchell Joachim, JaeYoung Lee, Adelaïde Marchi, Nicola Marchi and Eric Vergne. The Jury selected 3 winners and 27 special mentions among 430 entries from 42 countries.

Elements like globalisation, sustainability, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution were all taken into consideration.

Coming out tops was a project for a vertical prison designed by architecture students Chow Khoon Toong, Ong Tien Yee, and Beh Ssi Cze, from Malaysia. Their project examines the possibility of creating a prison-city in the sky, where the inmates would live in a “free” and productive community with agricultural fields and factories that would support the host city below.

The remainder of the spectacular winners can be seen here.

And if you fancy your hand at Skyscraper design, entries for the 2011 competition are now open

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